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Gio Gonzalez Linked To PED Clinic

We can all roll our eyes and give baseball’s PED problem a big ol’ [wanking motion], but when it involves one of the Nationals current best players, there’s cause for concern. And that’s what happened this morning with the release of an extensive report from the Miami New Times about a recently-defunct Miami clinic called Biogenesis, in which Gio Gonzalez is linked to PEDs.

There are All-Star names littered throughout the report, but we’ll focus specifically on Gio. The report uses records from Biogenesis’ owner Anthony Bosch, who kept a hand-written ledger of all his PED clients. Bosch, who has previously been connected to supplying PEDs to baseball players, wrote this about Gio, whose name appears five different times:

“Order 1.c.1 with Zinc/MIC/… and Aminorip. For Gio and charge $1,000.” (Aminorip is a muscle-building protein.)

Gio’s father also appears in Bosch’s records. The New Times contacted him:

“My son works very, very hard, and he’s as clean as apple pie,” the elder Gonzalez says. “I went to Tony because I needed to lose weight. A friend recommended him, and he did great work for me. But that’s it. He never met my son. Never. And if I knew he was doing these things with steroids, do you think I’d be dumb enough to go there?”

It seems impossible this could lead to any punishment for Gio from MLB, but it’s certainly something he’s going to be constantly asked about this spring, and beyond. Plus, you know, using PEDs isn’t a real neat idea. Hopefully the report proves to be false and Gio can just go back to leading the league in smiles. And wins.

UPDATE: As our esteemed colleague Jack Kogod points out, NONE of the ingredients in AminoRip are on the MLB’s banned substances list, nor is Zinc and MIC (Methionine, Inositol, Choline). We cross-checked them all against the banned list.

UPDATE 2: Gio defends himself on Twitter:

Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Unsilent Majority

    January 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    None of the ingredients listed on their website at least.

  2. drewtabaga

    January 29, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    The MLB won’t find enough evidence to suspend Gio. He’ll just be mocked in every opposing stadium, have to answer constant steroid questions and kiss any dream of the hall of fame goodbye.

    Unfortunate.

  3. ThisGuy

    January 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Red flag: why does Gio refer to this guy as “Tony”? I haven’t seen him referred to as “Tony” anywhere, only Anthony. “Tony” suggests a certain familiarity, no?

  4. Matt

    January 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    “tony” is used a bunch of times on the original article page from the Miami New Times.

  5. Bryan

    January 29, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Check out the rise in Gio’s avg 4 seamer velocity over last 5 years. Seems fairly incriminating. has gained almost 5 mph on average in 5 years.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7448&position=P#pitchtype

  6. Mike Bradley

    January 29, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    does any of this surprise us? they should just publish a list of people who haven’t. may be alot shorter and way more appalling

  7. Johnny Blades

    January 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    The deniers in the Post comments are hilarious

  8. Brook

    April 14, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    What if we take a slower approach to lifestyle changes.
    Books are available about natural treatment of almost all common ailments.
    Serve garnished with fried liver, coriander leaves
    and with chutney or sauce.

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